The president has often made his attorney general the target of attacks for other Justice Department matters, too - a violation of norms that have traditionally protected the independence of federal law enforcement.
Whitaker was hired by Sessions to be his chief of staff in September 2017.
In addition to those roles, he was previously a CNN legal commentator, and it was in that role that he wrote an op-ed previous year criticizing the Russian Federation investigation and the idea of looking into President Trump's financial ties to Russian Federation.
But Trump immediately tweeted that former US attorney Matthew G. Whitaker, chief of staff to Sessions, will serve as acting attorney general.
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"Protecting Mueller and his investigation is paramount", Schumer said after his communications director passed him a note.
Subsequently, it was announced that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would no longer oversee the Mueller investigation.
The president, in an interview with The Washington Times last week, denied reported he'd talked to Mr. Whitaker about replacing Mr. Sessions as the permanent attorney general. Whitaker has criticized special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between the president's Republican campaign and Russian Federation. "We've already heard rumors on the wind about Sessions' tenure, so suddenly we could have a President that understands that if I control the Department of Justice, I control this investigation".
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Mueller is looking into Trump's statements seeking to fire Sessions or force his resignation in an effort to determine whether those acts are part of a pattern of attempted obstruction of justice, according to people close to the investigation.
Shortly before Trump's announcement on Wednesday, he held a press conference in which he was asked if was planning on making any changes to his team.
On July 25, the president wrote the attorney general "has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!"
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